Written and authored by College Basketball Analyst Al Presto. Charliessports.com produces it for Basketball Betting news and notes. NBA Premium Picks have been winning at a 70.1% rate and will continue through the 2016 NBA Finals in June of 2016. The (27-25) Chicago Bulls of the Eastern Conference Central Division the be in the Northeast sections of the “BUCKEYE STATE” for a Divisional matchup. Chicago takes on the (38-14) Cleveland Cavaliers also of the Eastern Conference Central in 2016 NBA action. The teams will play at the Quicken Loans Arena in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. Tip-Off time is at 8:00 PM EST on the TNT Television Network. The game is on Thursday, February 18th, 2016. The Best Sports Handicapper believes the Chicago Bulls are going to make some move by Thursday’s 2:00 PM EST trade deadline. The player, the team, is shopping is Pau Gasol. If the regular season ended today, the Cleveland Cavaliers are the number-one seed in the East. However, the team is still interested in making some moves by Thursday. The Opening Betting Line has Cleveland as an eleven and a half-point Home Favorite Against The Spread. The Betting Odds Total is 207 for Thursday’s game.
The Chicago Bulls finished the first half of the season on a four-games losing streak both straight up and ATS. Chicago is in Cleveland on Thursday, return home to take on Toronto on the 19th The Los Angeles Lakers come to the “WINDY CITY” on Sunday the 21st for Kobe Bryant’s last game at the United Center. Chicago is third in the Division, eleven and a half games out of the top spot. Head Coach Fred Hoiberg remains optimistic about his team for the second half of the season. The energetic Joakim Noah is out for the season with a shoulder separation. Leading scorer Jimmy Butler will be unavailable until early March with a knee injury. Gasol is the team leader in rebounds and shot blocks. Former league Most Valuable Player Derrick Rose dishes out a team-best 4.8 assists per game. The coaching staff is starting to give more playing time to 2015 first round draft choice Bobby Portis. The key to a Bulls victory is to play tight defense and make open shots. Chicago is a team living on the edge; someone must take the leadership role.
The 2016 Cleveland Cavaliers are still the overwhelming favorites to represent the Eastern Conference in the 2016 NBA Finals. The Toronto Raptors look like they can contend, but the “CAVS” are the team. Orlando forward Channing Frye is a hot commodity as the trade deadline nears. Head Coach Tyronn Lue, 8-3 since taking over for David Blatt can be a hero in the “CITY OF THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME”. Lue will be beloved if he can orchestrate an NBA title. All-Star Lebron James is the top gun on the team and must continue to lead. The Cavaliers offense ranks eighth in the league. Defensively the Cavaliers allow the opposition 96.9 ppg. James is the team leader in scoring, assists, and steals. Forward Kevin Loves grabs a team-best 10.3 rebounds per contest. The key to a Cleveland victory is to take advantage of a short-handed Chicago team.
Chicago is 4-1 Against The Point Spread Their last ten in Cleveland.
Cleveland is 4-0 ATS their last four on Thursday’s.
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